Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A majority of consumers claimed that the Asics JB Elite TR was an excellent cross-training shoe because of the lateral support it offered.
  • Many owners of the shoe were very satisfied with how comfortable it was.
  • Several users mentioned that the outsole offered great traction during gym routines.
  • The lightweight nature of the footwear pleased some wearers.
  • A handful of training enthusiasts deemed the lateral support to be satisfactory.
  • The style of the product was appreciated by a few buyers.

1 reason not to buy

  • Some people were not happy that the sole came apart with just a few months of regular use.

Bottom line

People were generally pleased with the traction capability of the Asics JB Elite TR. Its lightweight nature and style also gained the favor of consumers. However, some were not happy with the durability of the shoe as it deteriorated quickly and ran big. Overall, the JB Elite TR received tons of praises for its comfortability and functionality as a workout shoe.

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Good to know

This Asics trainer was created in collaboration with Jordan Burroughs, an Olympic freestyle wrestling champion. But it is not a wrestling shoe as it lacks ankle support. It is a tool designed for everyday training, especially workouts in the gym.

The outsole of the JB Elite TR is made from rubber with a tread pattern that uses a combination of shallow and deep grooves. These grooves enhance the friction of rubber when it is in contact with a smooth surface, thus preventing slippage when walking or running. The deep grooves give the sole more flexibility, allowing the foot to move naturally.

The rubber on the outsole is durable and is able to everyday wear and tear associated with training. Its resilience allows it to move with the foot but also return to its original shape. The outsole is also hard enough to keep the foot protected.

During running and training, the foot can experience a vertical impact force equivalent to 3 to 5 times the person’s body weight. To soften the impact, the JB Elite TR uses Asics’ Rearfoot Gel technology. This technology absorbs the force as well as aids in the transition of the foot to the mid-stance.

The material of the midsole makes the shoe flexible and it promotes natural foot movement. The midsole also acts to stabilize the foot during movements such as lifting heavy weights or squatting that requires the foot to be firmly planted on the ground.

This Asics trainer features a Flexion Fit upper, a proprietary technology that delivers form-fitting material that also provides adequate support. The upper is made from the combination of a flexible mesh fabric that has been reinforced with a polyurethane breathable material. The mesh upper accommodates toe splaying while the PU material delivers the support needed especially for lateral movements.

The shoe features a traditional lacing system with rounded laces to keep the foot secure when it is tightened.

Padding is found on both the tongue and collar of the shoe. This cushioning not only delivers comfort, but it also helps in locking the foot in place during workouts.

The low-cut profile of the shoe makes it suitable for everyday training, but not conducive for wrestling moves because it lacks ankle support. It also features an Achilles notch that ensures the shoe will not dig into the skin while working out.


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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.